hopscotch (10214) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - FEB 19, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle... Hazy amber ale with a small, creamy, white head. Good retention. Spicy rye and caramel malts construct an aroma based on fruity apricot and peach-like hops. Medium to full-bodied and creamy with moderate carbonation. Great balance. Plenty of honey and toffee malts accompany flavorful spicy grains and fuzzy fruit hops. Crisp, bittersweet finish.
dionysus (1473) - Arizona, USA - FEB 17, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle pours amber with an off-white head. Aroma shows notes of caramel, light citrus, and a touch of spicy rye. Flavor shows the same with additional notes of lemon and peach. Overall body is moderate, somewhat tart, and finshes with moderate bitterness.
daknole (10346) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - FEB 13, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Orangish pour, white head. Nice citrus and lightly spiced aroma. Some yeast and caramel. Flavor is a little malt heavy, caramel, grapefruit peel, and some lemony tartness. Thanks Johnc!
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - FEB 9, 2011
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bomber. No bottling date, but I assume that it is relatively fresh. The pour yields a deep, brassy, orange-amber body with a thick head of smooth beige foam. Lasting a good while, the head settles in as a hazy film with a wide, ramped up ring at the edge. Tall, branched out flares and sprawling arches of lace cling hard to the glass. The nose is, to my dismay, very grainy and stale, showing cereal predominantly, and hinting at some cardboard. Hops show faded citrus and herbal elements, but fail completely to match the intensity of the cereal malt. Flavors fall right in line, continuing the disappointing trend of cereal grain staleness and weak, faded, floral and citrus hopping. It is amply bitter, but there is a void of tasty, juicy resins that are the calling card of west coast IPAs. I really donít even get much rye, as itís signature cleanness doesnít come through. The palate, at least, is appropriately medium bodied, with even keeled, drying carbonation. A touch of astringency is forgiveable. Disappointing brew, overall.
DarkElf (3050) - La Jolla, California, USA - JAN 19, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: MAR 2, 2011 19-Jan-11 (22-oz bottle: Purchased 18-Jan-11 for $3.99 at Total Wine & More in Tustin, CA) The first bottle I tried a year ago was infected, but the opportunity to rerate this beer has indeed presented itself, and this time, the beer smells and tastes sound, so off we go! It pours orange in color with moderate haze, and the pale-beige head rises to nearly an inch before settling to a thin but complete layer. Unchallenging aromas of hop pellets, orange citrus, grass, and toasty, grainy malts are aromatic enough but not attention grabbing. First sip, and well, as West Coast IPAs go, this one is quite tame. The hop flavors are grassy and citrusy with orange and grapefruit rind, and the associated bitterness is light-medium, never overpowering the toasty rye malt base, which unlike some rye-based beers, is readily identifiable. Only a gentle sweetness here, and the hops easily counter that. Mouthfeel is dusty, somewhat dry, and reasonably crisp with medium-high carbonation and medium weight. Some patchy and spotty lace sticks to the glass. While this isnít an IPA that will grab the spotlight, it manages to be pleasant and easy to drink without being boring.
12-Dec-09 (22-oz bottle: Purchased 24-Nov-09 for $4.99 at the Pizza Port Bottle Shop in Carlsbad, CA) Weíre not off to a stellar start here with bottles from Bootleggerís. Pouring this hazy, amber-colored beer, an inch of off-white head that settles to a thin layer, leaving modest lacing at the top of the glass. However, itís all downhill from there. The nose is lactic; maybe not egregiously so Ė yet, but strong enough that itís clear something is not right with this beer. A pleasant background aroma of ripe stone fruits fights a losing battle to get to the forefront. On the palate, the beer is clearly showing signs of lactic sourness, again, not heavy, but strong enough to be the dominant aspect of the beer, and unfortunately, itís not a "good" sourness. In the background, stone and citrus fruits hint at what this beer might taste like, while touch of piney hops and mild bitterness lurk further back. Light-medium in body, moderate in carbonation, fairly dry and lightly dusty, sour and acidic. Will rerate when the chance presents itself, but will this be another brewery that makes good beer but churns out infected bottles? (4, 3, 4, 3, 7 = 2.1)
bikesandbeers (547) - san diego, California, USA - JAN 7, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle from bevMo. poured golden with a huge white head. perfect aroma of floral hops and spice. flavor is a bit milder. nice breay malt with some spice and a clean hop finish. very tasty and drinkable, although after drinking a lot of DIPAs this tastes pretty mild.
SDalkoholic (2261) - Linda Vista, California, USA - NOV 21, 2010
2.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle from Keg N Bottle #2: Color was a glowing honey tea like gold and created a thick fluffy head which soon rested to a layer of film. The aroma is strange and smells fruity and floral with dried fruits and mixture of hop combinations. The initial flavor is a shock of tart sourness with a little bitterness but not many ingredients are easily identified. There is a minor tasting of pomegranate and bready notes of grain with super funky yeast. Not as promising as the label deScription made it sound to be.
Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 20, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bottle from BevMo. Pours a mostly clear deep gold with a 2 finger thick white head. Nose holds hints of rye malt, faint citrus hops. Very light in body and crisp.
savnac (2391) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - NOV 19, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz bottle. Pours a clear rusty copper with a frothy, off white head. Aroma is citrus, light caramel, pine and floral. The flavor is a bready caramel malt base with a medium hop bitterness and a very light spicy rye character. Medium body with average carbonation and a thick, silky mouth feel. This is a really good IPA, goes down very easy and lots of flavor.
JasonG (776) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - NOV 6, 2010
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
22 oz bottle as an extra in a trade from smokepot23 - thanks Joe! Pours a slightly hazy light amber color with medium sized light tan head. Aroma is fairly malty, light touch of spiceyness and black pepper, touch of floral hops. Flavor is fairly malty, rather spicey from the rye, with herbal hops and touch of crystal malts. Finish is mildly bitter. This is decent overall.